Thursday, 15 February 2018

Grammar For Vampires

Really enjoying Grammar For Grown-ups by Craig Shrives but it just makes me want to break the rules

The vampire searched for a drink in vein

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Poem: Right Back Atcha

Frencham pluckin' on a stand-up bass
Take these broken chords and learn to walk
Unlike me
You has jazz and vocal skillability

(to the tune of Blackbird: The Beatles)

Friday, 9 February 2018

Beatley Birthday - Revolution 49

I can't do FAWM this year, because I'm working on the ReBeatled project and doing preproduction on my album, but a whole bunch of lovely FAWMers posted Beatle parody birthday tributes - and it absolutely made my day.

Liz Frencham was the ring leader who kicked it all off with a version of the Beatles ‘Birthday’

They say it's your birthday
But FAWM is on too, yeah
What good is your birthday
When we can’t do a co-write?
We’re glad it's your birthday
Happy birthday to you

Says he going to do marathon
And pre-production on his baritone
Beatles ensemble and the pressures on

We’re all wishing you well (Birthday)
From our songwriting hell (Birthday)
We’re trying to channel Adele (Birthday)

Lee Pat got in on the act with some bilingual wordplay on 'Julia'

Just got job of lifetime - so he says
Must skip FAWM so changed his name to

Julia, Julia,
Miss him
Still the Matt we know and love but
Julia, Julia, Juuuuuuuulia

Low Hum channeled McCartney's short but sassy 'Why Don't We Do It In The Road'

Why didn't you make it to the FAWM?
Ev'ryone's missing you
Why didn't you make it to the fun!

And Expendable Friend went full Betard with her amazing demo of 'Good Day Sunshine' working in references to my projects, ultra marathons and the Kon Mari (happy socks!) method.

Birthday sunshine!
Birthday sunshine!
Birthday sunshine!

It's February
So here we go again
Writing songs and hanging out with friends

But this year
FAWM is missing Matt
And we all hope that he is going to have

Some birthday sunshine!
Birthday sunshine!
Birthday sunshine!

If he does a birthday run
Training for his ultra-marathon

Birthday sunshine!
Birthday sunshine!
Birthday sunshine!

And in between
The big ensemble piece
And working on the album he'll release

We hope he finds
He gets a minute to
Thank his socks for everything they do

Birthday sunshine!
Birthday sunshine!
Birthday sunshine!

Check out her demo here.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

SCD/Marathon Update - One Year On

In Jan 2017 being terribly overweight and unfit and having a long standing dream to be able to run a marathon I set myself the following goals.

  • Lose 10lbs
  • Run a marathon by the end of the year
  • Do 1 chin up

The means I settled on were: the Slow Carb Diet, cold showers and various exercise plans off the 'net.  Now one year on (Jan 2018)

  • I've lost 47lbs (3st 5lbs), 23 1/2 'total inches' (waist, hips, thighs, biceps) and my BMI has reduced by 7.1.
  • Run a marathon, two half-marathons, three 10k, one 5k and around thirty Parkrun 5ks,
  • Can regularly do 5 chin ups.

I couldn't have done it without the support and encouragement from my wife, and all the people who sponsored me on my marathon but also the following people made it possible

Tim Ferriss (Slow Carb Diet)
Alan Broodryk (NHS knee and hip specialist and former ultrarunner)
Jason Fitzgerald (Strength Running Warm ups and running plan)
Nick Nilsson (chin up specialist)
The Forest Rec Parkrun Volunteers

In 2018 I'm hoping to run my first ultra marathon.

The Best Of 2017

Here's the books, films, TV shows that I most enjoyed in 2017 (hardly any were released in 2017 though)

Non-fiction Books

Marie Kondo: The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying
Joshua Wolf Shenk: Powers Of Two
Primo Levi: If This Is A Man/The Truce
Christopher McDougall: Born to Run

Fiction Books

Thomas Pynchon: Inherent Vice
Martin McDonagh: The Cripple Of Inishmaan
Raymond Chandler: The Long Goodbye
Victor Hugo: Les Miserables


Hunt For The Wilderpeople (Netflix)
Paddington 2
Free Fire
Selma (Netflix)
Shimmer Lake (Netflix)
Manchester By The Sea
War For The Planet Of The Apes
Trumbo (Netflix)

Logan, Spiderman: Homecoming and Wonder Woman were also good

TV Shows (all available on Netflix)

The Good Place
Narcos (especially S3)
The Mighty Boosh S1

also two comedy specials

Rory Scovel Tries Stand Up For The First Time
Brian Regan: Nunchucks and Flamethrowers


The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young (Netflix)
Miss Sharon Jones! (Netflix)
13th (Netflix)


Randy Newman: Harps And Angels
Loudon Wainwright III: A Live One
Ani DiFranco: Ani DiFranco

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Nottingham Christmas Half Marathon 2017

My first competitive race since the marathon was the Nottingham Christmas Half Marathon at Holme Pierrepont. Fuelled by christmas pudding, AC/DC and arm-sweat salt I achieved a time of 2:02:07 and finished 351 out of 677 runners. 

Happy with that as I had no game plan, very little training and no goal other than to finish.

My son did his first race - 5k - and loved it.